AFRICAN

ORCHIDS

Oeceoclades atrovirens (Lindl.) Garay & P.Taylor, Bot. Mus. Leafl. 24: 260 (1976).
Homotypic Synonyms:
Eulophia atrovirens Lindl., Gen. Sp. Orchid. Pl.: 183 (1833).
Graphorkis atrovirens (Lindl.) Kuntze, Revis. Gen. Pl. 2: 662 (1891).
Description:
This peculiar plant is known from a colored drawing prepared by Wallich in 1828 for the East India Co., now in the Kew Herbarium. Ironically, Lindley originally has written on the drawing ' Oeceoclades", then at a later time he crossed it out. So far no specimens are known to exist of this plant. Judging from the drawing, especially the floral details, it is near 0. latifolia from which it differs in having a simple raceme, rather pointed sepals and petals and a somewhat different lip.
Habitat:
Distribution:
India ? or Mauritius ?